Photo by Thomas Nitz/Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland, freely licensed under CC BY 2.0.

When cultural heritage gets a digital life

An additional 600,000 free files are now available on the Wikimedia Commons, ranging from century-old films to recordings of mechanical pianos, World War II photographs, scans of dried flowers, and other art and heritage, all sourced from German museums, archives, and libraries.

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Photograph by Chamal N, public domain.

When countries disappear

A plethora of countries have disappeared into the annals of history. Wikipedia has a project that covers them.

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Content Translation session at Wikimania 2015. Photo by Amire80, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Content Translation updates from Wikimania 2015

Many participants were introduced to Content Translation at Wikimania, Mexico and they created their first articles using the tool at the translation sessions.

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Wikimedia Highlights, July 2015

Here are highlights from across the Wikimedia movement, as reported on this blog in July 2015: Konkani Wikipedia goes live; Leigh Thelmadatter is involved in the changes she wants to see; Wikidata, coming soon to a menu near you; Wikimedians urge the EU to protect freedom of panorama; ACLU files amended complaint on behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation; Get the latest Wikipedia updates easily with IFTTT.

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Photo by Lawrence and David Barera, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

My father’s railroad photographs now benefit the world, free of charge

Michael Barera’s father is something of a train enthusiast. While attending an ArborWiki meetup in 2014, he was introduced to A2Digital and decided to digitize his father’s sizable collection of train photographs.

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Illustration from "Atlas de Zoologie" (1844) by Paul Gervais. Originally scanned by the Natural History Museum, London, public domain

Sharing a million photographs

Fæ shares some case studies from his million uploaded photographs, and the experience of volunteering for Wikimedia Commons over the last three years.

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Wikipedia is better equipped to deal with systemic bias than traditional publishers

In 2010, two artists contacted Taschen, a book publisher, to point out that out of 97 volumes published in their Basic Art series, only five included women. Like the Basic Art series, Wikipedia serves an introductory audience, and in this particular area, Wikipedia succeeds where Taschen has not.

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The Hunt for Tirpitz

Nick Dowling has written three featured Wikipedia articles on the Royal Navy’s attempts to sink the German battleship Tirpitz during the Second World War. Here’s how he did it.

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My life as an autistic Wikipedian

Two years ago, I discovered that I was on the autism spectrum. As I learned more about myself and the way my brain worked, I started to look at past experiences through the lens of this newly-found aspect. In this essay, I share some of what I’ve learned along the way about my successes, my failures, and many things that confused me in the past, notably in my experiences in the Wikimedia movement.

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Wikipedia Education Program in Estonia encourages collaboration online and off

The Wikipedia Education Program in Estonia got students to contribute to the world of free knowledge on the internet by editing Wikipedia and bringing experienced editors of the online encyclopedia to work on the ground and help newbies. The journey was not an easy nor a short one for them. Leaders were able to take the challenge, support their initiative, and learn from their past lessons.

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